A recent Ohio college graduate, Julie Barton, 22, is living
in Manhattan. She is heading to her apartment from her job
in SoHo as assistant editor to a book publisher. Filled
with anxiety, Julie has concerns about being able to make it
the six blocks to her pad. She is edgy and feeling down.
Is it the culture shock of living alone in the Big apple?
Or is it the heartbreak of the difficult breakup with her
musician boyfriend, Will? She feels alone, insecure and
something dark and frightening is churning inside her mind.
Reaching her apartment, she goes into the kitchen to heat a
pot of pasta for her dinner. Exhausted she slips down onto
her kitchen floor and falls asleep. Waking up there the
next morning, she smells the burnt pot. Still upset, she
telephones her mother for assistance. No hesitation there.
Her mother drives from Ohio to NYC to bring Julie home and
to help, hopefully.
Back home, there is no help for Julie. She sleeps all the
time, refuses to talk about her concerns. She falls
deeper into the black pit of depression. When she sees a
Therapist she feels comfortable talking to, she tells her
about the mental and physical abuse she suffered from her
older brother, Clay, during their childhood. He beat her,
kicked her and called her foul names. Julie sought help
from her mother and father but they were unable to cope with
the problem and just wished it away. Julie was looking for
love from her brother, tried to talk to him with no luck,
and her low esteem intensified. Her poor choices with her
relationships with men further contributed to her
unfavorable image. Ending it with Will had shattered her.
Julie decides she wants to get a puppy. She locates one
and her first meeting with Bunker, the sweet Golden
Retriever was precious. He came over to her, sat at her
feet and stared into her eyes. It was obvious he picked
Julie and it was the start of a close and loving
relationship. With Bunker by her side, adoring her no
matter what, Julie began the slow path to forgiveness, love
and curing a broken heart. A new beginning where they found
trust, love and joy!
One day and old girlfriend calls and asks Julie if she would
like to share a house together with her and two others in
Seattle. Never feeling Ohio was for her, Julie decides she
and Bunker are ready for a new adventure. What joy they
find living in the Love Shack and in Seattle. New friends,
a new job, the start of a very special relationship with
Greg, and her dog angel always near her. Soon forgiveness
replaces bitterness. followed by what she always yearned
Julie Barton writes a brave and beautiful memoir that
touched my heart. In DOG MEDICINE, she paints a clear
picture of the dark pit of despair in the brutal disease of
depression and sibling abuse that scarred Julie's soul.
My thanks for her outstanding contribution in sharing her
story. I will recommend this book to everyone and give it
five stars. To those of you who love dogs, it is a must
read and one you will think about long after you close the
last page. Good boy, Bunker!
On a personal note, my husband and I are dog lovers and have
our very own angel that picked us and has brought us total
devotion for 13 years. Buddy brings a smile every day, rain
or shine, and never fails to "make our day." I actually
read most of this heartwarming book to my husband and we
laughed and cried together. It is our treasure, to be
re-read again and again. Thank you, it Julie, for sharing
your tender story of healing, and the power of love
between you and Bunker. To Greg, who I adored from his
first introduction, you are so special. Didn't you hear me
cheering so loudly for you always? Once in awhile a book
comes along that melts my heart and DOG MEDICINE does it
for me. BEST read for me this year. Thank you, Julie
Barton, I am a fan always.
An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young
woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her
life “Dog Medicine simply has to be
your next must-read.” —Cheryl Strayed
twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in
Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely
depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her
mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.
Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie
continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists,
therapists, and family tried to intervene, but nothing
reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful
thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.
Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the
slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the
astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken
hearts and minds.